The Global Legal Post | Latesthttp://www.globallegalpost.comThe latest stories from The Global Legal PostSat, 28 Mar 2015en-gb(C) 2015 Global City Media LtdGlobal Legal Post - Latest News &amp; Headlineshttp://www.globallegalpost.comhttp://www.globallegalpost.com/images/feed-image/global-legal-post.pngSpecialist law firms predicted to grow out of Obama trade accords<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/specialist-law-firms-predicted-to-grow-out-of-obama-trade-accords-66029493/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Oba12.jpg' border='0'/></a>A 12-nation agreement - the Trans-Pacific Partnership - is close to being signed which would give new legal rights to multi-nationals over US regulations and where disputes would be decided before the World Bank or United Nations.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/specialist-law-firms-predicted-to-grow-out-of-obama-trade-accords-66029493/Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:03Secretary workforce in UK cut in half since 2001 as algorithms take over<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/secretary-workforce-in-uk-cut-in-half-since-2001-as-algorithms-take-over-8633519/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Sec1.jpg' border='0'/></a>Law offices are not the only locations where the numbers of secretaries have been reducing - as UK data shows that 47% of such jobs disappeared between 2001 and 2013.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/secretary-workforce-in-uk-cut-in-half-since-2001-as-algorithms-take-over-8633519/Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:03Amazon setback pushes drone law focus to Europe<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/amazon-setback-pushes-drone-law-focus-to-europe-92671744/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Dro11.jpg' border='0'/></a>Amazon has begun testing drones outside the US, criticising US regulators for falling behind technological developments - a move which highlights the progress that the EU is making in preparing the legal framework for an expected boom in the sector.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/amazon-setback-pushes-drone-law-focus-to-europe-92671744/Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:03GCs become more efficient as high risk class actions treble in three years<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/gcs-become-more-efficient-as-high-risk-class-actions-treble-in-three-years-73960111/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Law12.jpg' border='0'/></a>The proportion of class actions which is classified as 'high risk' or 'bet-the-company' has risen from 4.5 to 16.4% in three years but general counsel are rising to the challenge and managing them more efficiently, according to new research.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/gcs-become-more-efficient-as-high-risk-class-actions-treble-in-three-years-73960111/Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:03Police seek woman in relation to murdered DLA associate<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/police-seek-woman-in-relation-to-murdered-dla-associate-57152341/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Was12.jpg' border='0'/></a>A well-built, hooded person seen entering the hotel and climbing the stairs to the floor where a DLA Piper associate was found stabbed in Washington DC is probably female, according to police investigators.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/police-seek-woman-in-relation-to-murdered-dla-associate-57152341/Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:03Mayer Brown recruits Paris stars on route out of Davis Polk<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/mayer-brown-recruits-paris-stars-on-route-out-of-davis-polk-83398203/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Par11.jpg' border='0'/></a>Two lawyers who have both worked at Davis Polk and Freshfields are joining the Paris office of Mayer Brown on 1 April, taking on roles as partners in the corporate and securities practice.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/mayer-brown-recruits-paris-stars-on-route-out-of-davis-polk-83398203/Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:03Law student cleared of terror charge in semi-secret Old Bailey trial<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/law-student-cleared-of-terror-charge-in-semi-secret-old-bailey-trial-87217342/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Old12.jpg' border='0'/></a>A 27-year old law and accountancy university student has been cleared of charges that he was plotting an Islamic State-style bomb or gun attack - but now faces sentencing in relation to a previous conviction of possessing a bomb-making manual.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/law-student-cleared-of-terror-charge-in-semi-secret-old-bailey-trial-87217342/Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:03A third of Australian employers plan to grow legal team in Q2<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/a-third-of-australian-employers-plan-to-grow-legal-team-in-q2-75798437/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Australia (3).jpg' border='0'/></a>Nearly one in three employers surveyed in Australia say they are imminently planning an increase in their in-house legal divisions - a reflection of the shift away from natural resources to professional services in the economy, says a recruiter.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/a-third-of-australian-employers-plan-to-grow-legal-team-in-q2-75798437/Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:03Dial-a-lawyer service used by 200,000 US attorneys<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/dial-a-lawyer-service-used-by-200000-us-attorneys-58005171/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Apple (3).jpg' border='0'/></a>Some 8m people are each month visiting Avvo, the site which promises to connect consumers to a lawyer on the phone within 15 minutes - and numbers are expected to rise as a new app allows mobile callers to upload the photo of a document.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/dial-a-lawyer-service-used-by-200000-us-attorneys-58005171/Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:03Financial pressures are the 'biggest pressure' on firms in last five years<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/financial-pressures-are-the-biggest-pressure-on-firms-in-last-five-years-47711307/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/recruitment (2).jpg' border='0'/></a>Three in ten of law firm respondents to a Bloomberg poll have said that financial pressures represent the biggest change for lawyers since 2010 - but competition from international firms and lateral hires loom large too.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/financial-pressures-are-the-biggest-pressure-on-firms-in-last-five-years-47711307/Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:03Boom recorded in bogus firm reports from the UK<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/boom-recorded-in-bogus-firm-reports-from-the-uk-94319632/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/fraud11.jpg' border='0'/></a>The leading UK legal regulator has recorded a 25 per cent rise in the number of occasions when individuals pretended to be running a law firm - taking the total to over 700 in 2014.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/boom-recorded-in-bogus-firm-reports-from-the-uk-94319632/Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:03Cooley takes Amazon brief from Edwards Wildman in new London office<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/cooley-takes-amazon-brief-from-edwards-wildman-in-new-london-office-78245682/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/amazon6.jpg' border='0'/></a>The retail giant's trademark and competition work has effectively transferred over to the Cooley office, which opened in January, in the arms of two Edwards Wildman partners - giving Cooley a priority spot on Amazon's European legal adviser panel.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/cooley-takes-amazon-brief-from-edwards-wildman-in-new-london-office-78245682/Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:03Skadden and Davis Polk top Q1 global M&A rankings<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/skadden-and-davis-polk-top-q1-global-ma-rankings-55901262/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/dollars15.jpg' border='0'/></a>The US leads the top 10 - taking six places but Canada is also represented through Stikeman Elliott and Australia gets a place through Allens while two London-based firms - Freshfields and Linklaters - are potentially well-placed.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/skadden-and-davis-polk-top-q1-global-ma-rankings-55901262/Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:03Herbert Smith advises Sierra Leaone on commercial impact of ebola<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/herbert-smith-advises-sierra-leaone-on-commercial-impact-of-ebola-30691407/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Sierra Leone.jpg' border='0'/></a>Although it has no offices in Africa, Herbert Smith Freehills has given over &pound;1.2m of pro bono advice to the Sierra Leone government since 2010 - and has helped the state deal with the commercial effects of the ebola crisis.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/herbert-smith-advises-sierra-leaone-on-commercial-impact-of-ebola-30691407/Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:03Calling all lawyers in luxury for the 2015 Luxury Law Awards...<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/calling-all-lawyers-in-luxury-for-the-2015-luxury-law-awards-87746734/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/georg jensen.jpg' border='0'/></a>Lawyers in the luxury sector are invited to submit nominations for themselves or their clients in the Luxury Law Awards 2015, hosted by queen of shops Mary Portas.http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/calling-all-lawyers-in-luxury-for-the-2015-luxury-law-awards-87746734/Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:03Around the house<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/around-the-house-18868755/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Bank of England4.jpg' border='0'/></a>A weekly round-up of moves around the globe.http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/around-the-house-18868755/Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:03McDermott Will duo join complex litigation team at King & Spalding<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/mcdermott-will-duo-join-complex-litigation-team-at-king--spalding-5432074/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Washington12.jpg' border='0'/></a>The 17-office, international firm King & Spalding practice has recruited the two Washington DC-based partners from its rival in order to strengthen their civil litigation group.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/mcdermott-will-duo-join-complex-litigation-team-at-king--spalding-5432074/Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:03Companies see importance of human rights but fail to implement policies<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/companies-see-importance-of-human-rights-but-fail-to-implement-policies-8603359/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/United Nations1.jpg' border='0'/></a>Companies are increasingly aware of the importance of human rights to businesses but only a minority have actually taken steps to implement a policy.http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/companies-see-importance-of-human-rights-but-fail-to-implement-policies-8603359/Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:03Inhouse legal salaries on the rise<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/inhouse-legal-salaries-on-the-rise-11555517/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/bonus3.jpg' border='0'/></a>More competition for jobs is seeing companies have to move faster to recruit the right lawyers.http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/inhouse-legal-salaries-on-the-rise-11555517/Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:03Indian rape defendant lawyers summoned over comments<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/indian-rape-defendant-lawyers-summoned-over-comments-40622313/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/India20.jpg' border='0'/></a>A lawyer who is defending the gang accused of raping a student on a bus who later died, has been called to the Supreme Court after saying 'there is no place for women in Indian culture' - and a colleague has also been summoned for similar statement.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/indian-rape-defendant-lawyers-summoned-over-comments-40622313/Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:03Bank balance sheets 'in chaos' over legal provisions<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/bank-balance-sheets-in-chaos-over-legal-provisions-53564135/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Wall Street (2).jpg' border='0'/></a>US banks are in the first steps of preparing their Q1 results - and many are thought to be concerned that the inclusion of large legal provisions will encourage regulators and consumers to aim for bigger settlements than they would otherwise accept.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/bank-balance-sheets-in-chaos-over-legal-provisions-53564135/Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:03Q&A: Jose Ramon Gonzalez of QBE North America<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/qa-jose-ramon-gonzalez-of-qbe-north-america-5792003/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/QA1.jpg' border='0'/></a>Jose Ramon Gonzalez became Chief Legal Officer of QBE North America a year ago.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/qa-jose-ramon-gonzalez-of-qbe-north-america-5792003/Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:03Lawyer urges insurance scheme to preserve business in conflict zones<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/lawyer-urges-insurance-scheme-to-preserve-business-in-conflict-zones-3520117/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/War1.jpg' border='0'/></a>Businesses could be saved from going under in conflict zones if they are offered the commercial lifeline of insurance, according to an American lawyer based in UKraine.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/lawyer-urges-insurance-scheme-to-preserve-business-in-conflict-zones-3520117/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:03Insurance directors face tougher burden of proof standard under UK rules<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/insurance-directors-face-tougher-burden-of-proof-standard-under-uk-rules-30091636/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Boa15.jpg' border='0'/></a>Chairs of non-European insurance companies operating in the UK face a higher standard of compliance regarding their awareness of potential rule breaches, under proposals due to take place next year.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/insurance-directors-face-tougher-burden-of-proof-standard-under-uk-rules-30091636/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:03RSA enters legal services market by ABS<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/rsa-enters-legal-services-market-by-abs-48340029/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Cou12.jpg' border='0'/></a>RSA - the UK's 11th largest insurer and Europe's 38th biggest - is to offer advocacy, litigation, probate and the administration of oaths through a legal services wing that starts on 1 April.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/rsa-enters-legal-services-market-by-abs-48340029/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:03Lawyer admits that AIG pushed baseball player to settle 7-year dispute<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/lawyer-admits-that-aig-pushed-baseball-player-to-settle-7-year-dispute-41562186/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Rog1.jpg' border='0'/></a>Seven years after the start of a defamation dispute between a coach and one of the top US baseball players of his era, the insurer AIG has set up a settlement between its client, the ex-Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens and his former trainer.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/lawyer-admits-that-aig-pushed-baseball-player-to-settle-7-year-dispute-41562186/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:03Hogan Lovells, Clyde and Dentons fight for title of top insurance firm<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/hogan--lovells-clyde-and-dentons-fight-for-title-of-top-insurance-firm-26567419/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Glo13.jpg' border='0'/></a>With 1,000 insurance lawyers around the world, Clyde & Co clearly ranks among the top insurance law firms - but the Dentons Dacheng merger and specialisation by other firms are leading to a tighter race among the top practices.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/hogan--lovells-clyde-and-dentons-fight-for-title-of-top-insurance-firm-26567419/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:03Driverless car age raises insurance policy design issues for lawyers<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/driverless-car-age-raises-insurance-policy-design-issues-for-lawyers-28447110/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Lux13.jpg' border='0'/></a>2015 is the year in which driverless cars will start appearing on roads on both sides of the Atlantic - with pilots starting in the US and UK. Insurance lawyers will be helping develop new laws and policies.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/driverless-car-age-raises-insurance-policy-design-issues-for-lawyers-28447110/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:03Cyber Security in insurance: the New York Department on Financial Services comments<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/cyber-security-in-insurance-the-new-york-department-on-financial-services-comments-52901437/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/NY15.jpg' border='0'/></a>What are the implications of the newly-published 'Report on Cyber Security in the Insurance Sector'? Vikram Sidhu of Clyde & Co explains.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/cyber-security-in-insurance-the-new-york-department-on-financial-services-comments-52901437/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:03Driverless motors: the nuts and bolts of developing insurance<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/driverless-motors-the-nuts-and-bolts-of-developing-insurance-45174926/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Rin1.jpg' border='0'/></a>Claire Temple of Osborne Clarke answers four questions to explain how and when the new insurance and the complex liability issues that could ensue.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/driverless-motors-the-nuts-and-bolts-of-developing-insurance-45174926/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:03Insurers take low profile as banks are weighed down by regulator fines<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/insurers-take-low-profile-as-banks-are-weighed-down-by-regulator-fines-5182685/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Ins11.jpg' border='0'/></a>As banks attract the wrath of their regulators, insurance companies are attracting much less publicity? Is this a genuine reflection of the behaviour of the two sectors? Or could the roles changes?http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/insurers-take-low-profile-as-banks-are-weighed-down-by-regulator-fines-5182685/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:03Legal staff on flexible working offered less interesting projects<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/legal-staff-on-flexible-working-offered-less-interesting-projects-87422779/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/flexible working .jpg' border='0'/></a>Some Australian law firms are actively discouraging staff to work part-time or flexibly by refusing to let them participate in the most challenging jobs, according to the head of industry body Victorian Women Lawyers.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/legal-staff-on-flexible-working-offered-less-interesting-projects-87422779/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:03Gowling makes a move on Cuba<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/gowling-makes-a-move-on-cuba-5481247/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Havana.jpg' border='0'/></a>The Canadian law firm is taking steps to make waves before the island is fully open to US investors.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/gowling-makes-a-move-on-cuba-5481247/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:03Jenner & Block opens first international office<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/jenner--block-opens-first-international-office-47123635/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/London (2)2.jpg' border='0'/></a>A leading Chicago firm has arrived in London on the look-out for a big name to head up its practice.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/jenner--block-opens-first-international-office-47123635/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:03Harbour new fund targets international arbitration<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/harbour-new-fund-targets-international-arbitration-3620772/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Sterling14.jpg' border='0'/></a>The litigation funding outfit has launched its latest fund and is targeting the international marketplace.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/harbour-new-fund-targets-international-arbitration-3620772/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:03Best route to Apple legal department is to go through MoFo<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/best-route-to-apple-legal-department-is-to-go-through-mofo-4859347/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/apple (2).jpg' border='0'/></a>Morrison & Foerster has the largest number of alumni of US law firm in the Apple legal team in the US - according to an analysis of data from LinkedIn and the California State Bar.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/best-route-to-apple-legal-department-is-to-go-through-mofo-4859347/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:03Client reports itself to fraud authorities on basis of Wilkie Farr report<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/client-reports-itself-to-fraud-authorities-on-basis-of-wilkie-farr-report-37983761/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/oil6.jpg' border='0'/></a>An African oil company whose share price collapsed by 97pc in the last year has reported itself to the Serious Fraud Office on the basis of a nearly-completed report from Wilkie Farr which raised questions about travel and accommodation expenses.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/client-reports-itself-to-fraud-authorities-on-basis-of-wilkie-farr-report-37983761/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:03Gibson Dunn distances itself from Dubai partner<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/gibson-dunn-distances-itself-from-dubai-partner-49208600/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Dubai (2)1.jpg' border='0'/></a>Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, the LA-based firm where partners earns $3m a head, has suspended a partner who has been accused by a judge of engaging 'in a strategy of equivocation and evasion' that no 'reputable and honest solicitor' would adopt.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/gibson-dunn-distances-itself-from-dubai-partner-49208600/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:03Linklaters highlights Japanese dominance in Nigerian investments<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/linklaters-highlights-japanese-dominance-in-nigerian-investments-8455784/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Tokyo11.jpg' border='0'/></a>Contradicting general assumptions that China is the leading investor across the board in Africa, Linklaters says that Japan is the most active investor from Asia in African project finance schemes.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/linklaters-highlights-japanese-dominance-in-nigerian-investments-8455784/Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:03Revenues fall four per cent at Morrison & Foerster<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/revenues-fall-four-per-cent-at-morrison--foerster-3250375/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/apple19.jpg' border='0'/></a>The 1,000-lawyer Morrison & Foerster, whose clients have included Apple and the Beijing Olympics Organising Committee, has seen turnover fall four per cent in 2014 - but it says that profitability has been rising.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/revenues-fall-four-per-cent-at-morrison--foerster-3250375/Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:03UK tax professionals face criminal charges for assisting evasion<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/uk-tax-professionals-face-criminal-charges-for-assisting-evasion-87814905/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/prison9.jpg' border='0'/></a>Professionals 'who enable tax evasion' will share the fate of some of their clients under UK proposals - being fined the same sum as their clients, being prosecuted for 'two new criminal offences' and being publicly named and shamed.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/uk-tax-professionals-face-criminal-charges-for-assisting-evasion-87814905/Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:03Big Four accountancy giants are biggest threat to law firms<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/big-four-accountancy-giants-are-biggest-threat-to-law-firms-79374634/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/pwc2.jpg' border='0'/></a>The Big Four are shaping up to be the greatest threat to law firms on the horizon and they have not unleased all their fire power yet.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/big-four-accountancy-giants-are-biggest-threat-to-law-firms-79374634/Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:03Ex-Howrey partners agree 'unfinished business' and other claims with trustee<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/ex-howrey-partners-agree-unfinished-business-and-other-claims-with-trustee-24164727/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Washington DC8.jpg' border='0'/></a>All 'but a few' ex Howrey partners have reached a settlement with the trustee, four years after Howrey's bankruptcy - but the agreed payments by the partners could cause controversy as they average just US$1,595 for each of the 47 people involved.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/ex-howrey-partners-agree-unfinished-business-and-other-claims-with-trustee-24164727/Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:03BlackBerry aims at lawyers tablet market by testing device on German government<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/blackberry-aims-at-lawyers-tablet-market-by-testing-device-on-german-government-6370550/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/blackberry2.jpg' border='0'/></a>BlackBerry, a traditional favourite with lawyers, hopes to appeal to other sectors needing secure devices, with the launch of its SecuTABLET later this year - a product that is being tested for 'classified information' status in Germany.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/blackberry-aims-at-lawyers-tablet-market-by-testing-device-on-german-government-6370550/Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:03Leading lawyer Ted Cruz enters race for White House<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/leading-lawyer-ted-cruz-enters-race-for-white-house-74629751/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/shutterstock_180292481.jpg' border='0'/></a>Former University of Texas law professor and Texas Solicitor General, Ted Cruz, is to seek the Republican presidential nomination and will be able to draw on Washington DC contacts gained from working at leading lobbying firm Cooper & Kirk.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/leading-lawyer-ted-cruz-enters-race-for-white-house-74629751/Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:03DWF goes international with Dubai office<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/dwf-goes-international-with-dubai-office-13843185/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Dubai17.jpg' border='0'/></a>The UK firm has taken its first steps internationally as it looks to service clients in the Middle East and Africa.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/dwf-goes-international-with-dubai-office-13843185/Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:03Sullivan & Cromwell chair defends banking sector<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/sullivan--cromwell-chair-defends-banking-sector-72181306/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Wall Street5.jpg' border='0'/></a>Rodgin Cohen said that banks have put 'an enormous amount of resources' into improving their cultures and he questioned the prickly nature of relations with regulators which seems to be an over-reaction to allegations of cosiness in the past.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/sullivan--cromwell-chair-defends-banking-sector-72181306/Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:03BLP takes Haley & Co team in Hong Kong<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/blp-takes-haley--co-team-in-hong-kong-19009580/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/hong kong14.jpg' border='0'/></a>The law firm is building up its Asian infrastructure in a range of areas.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/blp-takes-haley--co-team-in-hong-kong-19009580/Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:03Law firms start using billing systems designed for clients<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/law-firms-start-using-billing-systems-designed-for-clients-76148318/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Billing2.jpg' border='0'/></a>A quarter of law firms which work with legal desktop and bill manager Viewabill have asked to use the same system to help them manage client projects internally.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/law-firms-start-using-billing-systems-designed-for-clients-76148318/Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:03IT skills could become part of qualification<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/it-skills-could-become-part-of-qualification-90428161/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/technology6.jpg' border='0'/></a>Professional bodies might start requiring would-be lawyers to be competent in the prevailing technologies, according to a lead speaker at the Australian College of Law Specialist Legal Conference.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/it-skills-could-become-part-of-qualification-90428161/Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:03Shakespeares awaits return of partner widowed in Tunisia attack<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/shakespeares-awaits-return-of-partner-widowed-in-tunisia-attack-79785427/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Birmingham1.jpg' border='0'/></a>UK law firm Shakespeares has been shocked by the news that one of its partners Rob Adey was caught up in the terrorist attack in Tunis this week and, although he is understood to be unhurt, his wife and fellow solicitor, Sally, was killed.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/shakespeares-awaits-return-of-partner-widowed-in-tunisia-attack-79785427/Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:03Goodwin Procter layoffs send warning to other litigation practices<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/goodwin-procter-layoffs-send-warning-to-other-litigation-practices-26950404/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Boston13.jpg' border='0'/></a>Earlier settlements and the handling of disputes in-house are behind the layoff of 21 litigation lawyers and 17 litigation staff at Goodwin Procter - a move that could point a trend at other firms which have bulked up their dispute resolution teams.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/goodwin-procter-layoffs-send-warning-to-other-litigation-practices-26950404/Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:03PMLJ hires pharmaceutical counsel to boost IP practice<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/pmlj-hires-pharmaceutical-counsel-to-boost-ip-practice-86942489/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Pfizer.jpg' border='0'/></a>The Portuguese law firm is upping its business credentials by recruiting from business.http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/pmlj-hires-pharmaceutical-counsel-to-boost-ip-practice-86942489/Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:03Managing partners braced for state of flux in 2015<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/managing-partners-braced-for-state-of-flux-in-2015-7867538/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Fees3.jpg' border='0'/></a>A survey of 34 managing partners in Australia has found that nearly two thirds predict 'a state of flux', while one in five say the predominant theme will be 'pressure from clients' and nine per cent say the market is 'too crowded'.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/managing-partners-braced-for-state-of-flux-in-2015-7867538/Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:03San Simon & Duch launch maritime office<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/san-simon--duch-launch-maritime-office-48837325/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Spain2.jpg' border='0'/></a>The Spanish firm has opened offices in Algeciras to focus on maritime law.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/san-simon--duch-launch-maritime-office-48837325/Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:03Letters emerge in case of lawyer's defence by Sherlock Holmes creator<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/letters-emerge-in-case-of-lawyers-defence-by-sherlock-holmes-creator-64901422/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Sherlock Holmes.jpg' border='0'/></a>Letters were yesterday auctioned at Bonhams in London relating to the involvement of writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in clearing the name of an Anglo-Indian solicitor who served three years in jail for horse mutilation.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/letters-emerge-in-case-of-lawyers-defence-by-sherlock-holmes-creator-64901422/Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:03Latham reviews market intelligence and closes in Doha and Abu Dhabi<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/latham-reviews-market-intelligence-and-closes-in-doha-and-abu-dhabi-71665663/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Abu Dhabi5.jpg' border='0'/></a>Seven years after opening in the Middle East, Latham & Watkins is to shut two of its bases, saying that it can operate there as one region rather than seeing the area as four distinct markets.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/latham-reviews-market-intelligence-and-closes-in-doha-and-abu-dhabi-71665663/Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:03UK plans criminal penalties for tax advisers who assist evasion<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/uk-plans-criminal-penalties-for-tax-advisers-who-assist-evasion-95707361/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Eva1.jpg' border='0'/></a>Lawyers and other tax advisers who aid clients evade tax will the the subject of penalties under a new criminal offence which is to be announced by the UK government today.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/uk-plans-criminal-penalties-for-tax-advisers-who-assist-evasion-95707361/Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:03Partnership chances double for Harvard and Chicago graduates<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/partnership-chances-double-for-harvard-and-chicago-graduates-74293436/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/New York11.jpg' border='0'/></a>Law School students who pay US$50,000 a year or more in fees are twice as likely to become law firm partners - but proximity of law school to a thriving legal market is another strong indicator, according to the University of Minnesota.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/partnership-chances-double-for-harvard-and-chicago-graduates-74293436/Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:03US lawyers average 5.4 years in post as employers rate flight risk<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/us-lawyers-average-54-years-in-post-as-employers-rate-flight-risk-45263376/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Credit Suisse2.jpg' border='0'/></a>Credit Suisse and Wal-Mart are among the employers which are so keen to retain staff that they are monitoring the exit stats and consulting experts who can tell them which kinds of workers are likely to leave early.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/us-lawyers-average-54-years-in-post-as-employers-rate-flight-risk-45263376/Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:03Robert Durst goes to Enron chief's defence lawyer over murder warrant<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/robert-durst-goes-to-enron-chiefs-defence-lawyer-over-murder-warrant-9139411/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Enron.jpg' border='0'/></a>Robert Durst, the 71-year old American from the billionaire property family, is using the same Houston criminal lawyer who defended Keith Lay, the CEO and chair of Enron when it went bankrupt in 2001.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/robert-durst-goes-to-enron-chiefs-defence-lawyer-over-murder-warrant-9139411/Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:03Freshfields puts Hong Kong first in partnership promotions round<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/freshfields-puts-hong-kong-first-in-partnership-promotions-round-72670865/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/hong kong15.jpg' border='0'/></a>The first Magic Circle practice to make its partnership announcement this spring, Freshfields, has favoured Hong Kong as the territory with the most new partners whilst dispute resolution is the practice area with the largest number of promotions.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/freshfields-puts-hong-kong-first-in-partnership-promotions-round-72670865/Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:03Profits rate slumps in SME sector of UK law firms<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/profits-rate-slumps-in-sme-sector-of-uk-law-firms-2632381/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/profits .jpg' border='0'/></a>UK law firms working with small and medium-sized organisations are optimistic about growing fees and cash flow - despite the fact that profits fell on average from 24 to 20 per cent of turnover during 2014.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/profits-rate-slumps-in-sme-sector-of-uk-law-firms-2632381/Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:03Foreign firms do not make money in China, says Berkeley study<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/foreign-firms-do-not-make-money-in-china-says-berkeley-study-77428151/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/shutterstock_191085812.jpg' border='0'/></a>Law firms entering China struggle to take hold there - typically growing to a team of 11 but managing to contribute no more than five per cent of international turnover, according to academics at the University of California at Berkeley.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/foreign-firms-do-not-make-money-in-china-says-berkeley-study-77428151/Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:03Big deals are back in Asia Pacific, says Herbert Smith<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/big-deals-are-back-in-asia-pacific-says-herbert-smith-88390830/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Detroit (2).jpg' border='0'/></a>There will be a surge in cross-border mega-deals in 2105, according to Herbert Smith Freehills partner Tony Damian - who sees crucial ingredients as a surge in resources sector work, an active property sector and rising foreign interest in Australia.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/big-deals-are-back-in-asia-pacific-says-herbert-smith-88390830/Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:03Microsoft Assistant GC included in 'most influential' black lawyers listing<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/microsoft-assistant-gc-included-in-most-influential-black-lawyers-listing-63617589/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Microsoft12.jpg' border='0'/></a>A magazine focusing on powerful Afro-Americans, Savoy, has highlighted Bruce Jackson as one of the US's most influential black lawyers.http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/microsoft-assistant-gc-included-in-most-influential-black-lawyers-listing-63617589/Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:03Inhouse lawyers reveal the drawbacks of role<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/inhouse-lawyers-reveal-the-drawbacks-of-role-95120031/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/shutterstock_130609865.jpg' border='0'/></a>In-house work can be 'miserable', depending on who you work for, and 'work/life balance' has given way to 'work/life integration', according to readers of Australian magazine Lawyers Weekly who have been giving details on the reality of life inhouse.http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/inhouse-lawyers-reveal-the-drawbacks-of-role-95120031/Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:03Companies must become 'cyber secure'<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/companies-must-become-cyber-secure-77769380/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Data breach3.jpg' border='0'/></a>A report by the GC 100 group on Cyber security law and practice provides a guide for legal departments as a recent survey reveals the average breach costs $8.9 million.http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/companies-must-become-cyber-secure-77769380/Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:03Around the house<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/around-the-house-22552746/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Comcast.jpg' border='0'/></a>A weekly round-up of moves around the globe.http://www.globallegalpost.com/corporate-counsel/around-the-house-22552746/Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:03Ireland embarks on spring-cleaning outdated laws<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/ireland-embarks-on-spring-cleaning-outdated-laws-12526885/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/ireland8.jpg' border='0'/></a>Ireland is carrying out a spring-cleaning on outdated laws in the country, including one proclaming the Queen as 'King of Ireland'.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/ireland-embarks-on-spring-cleaning-outdated-laws-12526885/Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:03ExBigLaw partner to see psychiatrist after faking $69k of taxi receipts<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/exbiglaw-partner-to-see-psychiatrist-after-faking-$69k-of-taxi-receipts-35797731/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Cheltenham.jpg' border='0'/></a>Chicago-based, real estate partner, Lee Smolen, formerly of Sidley Austin, is to receive psychiatric treatment during a one-year suspension handed down by the Illinois Supreme Court.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/exbiglaw-partner-to-see-psychiatrist-after-faking-$69k-of-taxi-receipts-35797731/Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:03Grant Thornton on the end of &pound;49m negligence claim<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/grant-thornton-on-the-end-of-49m-negligence-claim-71289269/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Manchester5.jpg' border='0'/></a>The UK arm of the world's sixth largest accountancy network is facing the claim for audit and advice work provided to Manchester Building Society between 2006 and 2013.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/grant-thornton-on-the-end-of-49m-negligence-claim-71289269/Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:03China law expert points investors to Vietnam<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/china-law-expert-points-investors-to-vietnam-32657287/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Vietnam6.jpg' border='0'/></a>Many companies are expected to follow the Microsoft example of shifting production from China to Vietnam - a shift being tracked by the China Law Blog which declares that 'China's golden age for foreign companies is over'.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/china-law-expert-points-investors-to-vietnam-32657287/Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:03UK State Aid applications show sharp increase<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/uk-state-aid-applications-show-sharp-increase-20069851/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/brussels10.jpg' border='0'/></a>Lawyers are busy defending UK state aid applications following an increase in 2014.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/uk-state-aid-applications-show-sharp-increase-20069851/Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:03GM accused of deliberate coverup in fatal faulty ignition cases<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/gm-accused-of-deliberate-coverup-in-fatal-faulty-ignition-cases-75122266/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/general motors1.jpg' border='0'/></a>The General Motors faulty switch case - cause of at least 60 deaths and of Senate demands that the General Counsel stand down - was a case of coverup, not incompetence, according to plaintiff lawyers who had access to new documents in discovery.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/gm-accused-of-deliberate-coverup-in-fatal-faulty-ignition-cases-75122266/Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:03Optimism ratings spike among Scottish lawyers<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/optimism-ratings-spike-among-scottish-lawyers-56287006/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/shutterstock_216462259.jpg' border='0'/></a>The proportion of Scottish lawyers who declare themselves optimistic about future prospects jumped from 53 to 61 per cent during the course of 2014, according to a survey from the Law Society of Scotland.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/optimism-ratings-spike-among-scottish-lawyers-56287006/Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:03Reed Smith life sciences duo joins Cooley London<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/reed-smith-life-sciences-duo-joins-cooley-london-93031237/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/london43.jpg' border='0'/></a>Cooley has picked up two highly-regarded life sciences partners in its drive to expand its London practice.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/reed-smith-life-sciences-duo-joins-cooley-london-93031237/Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:03Axcelerate adds business intelligence option<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/management-speak/axcelerate-adds-business-intelligence-option-90211604/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/data11.jpg' border='0'/></a>Recommind has taken steps to offer clients greater business intelligence capacity on the back of its eDiscovery platform.http://www.globallegalpost.com/management-speak/axcelerate-adds-business-intelligence-option-90211604/Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:03CPA Global links up with Wayne Law School lawyers<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/cpa-global-links-up-with-wayne-law-school-lawyers-25801167/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/detroit14.jpg' border='0'/></a>As Detroit looks to back local entrepreneurs, legal outsourcers CPA Global has joined forces with a pro bono law firm to assist new businesses.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/cpa-global-links-up-with-wayne-law-school-lawyers-25801167/Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:03Indian lawyers should not fear foreign competition<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/indian-lawyers-should-not-fear-foreign-competition-9294358/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/shutterstock_160868918.jpg' border='0'/></a>Removing restrictions for foreign lawyers would give Indian lawyers reciprocal opportunities elsewhere, a judge has said.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/indian-lawyers-should-not-fear-foreign-competition-9294358/Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:03US lawyer urges US$40b Marshall plan for Ukraine<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/us-lawyer-urges-us$40b-marshall-plan-for-ukraine-17820296/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Kiev4.jpg' border='0'/></a>The creation of a legal ombudsman service to settle disputes could be central to the preservation of a functioning business sector, according to US lawyer Bate C Toms who is based in Kiev and heads the British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/us-lawyer-urges-us$40b-marshall-plan-for-ukraine-17820296/Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:03Bill-sharing sector booms as BusyLamp enters US and UK<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/bill-sharing-sector-booms-as-busylamp-enters-us-and-uk-77367093/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/bill reduction.jpg' border='0'/></a>German legal billing specialist BusyLamp is opening offices in London and New York with aims to help corporate buyers to cut over 10 per cent of their fees from law firms.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/bill-sharing-sector-booms-as-busylamp-enters-us-and-uk-77367093/Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:03Morgan Lewis joins forces with Singapore's Stamford Law<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/morgan-lewis-joins-forces-with-singapores-stamford-law-9772673/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Detroit (2).jpg' border='0'/></a>Morgan Lewis has established a major Asia-Pacific hub through its link-up in Singapore.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/morgan-lewis-joins-forces-with-singapores-stamford-law-9772673/Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:03Barrister and ex-UK First Lady Cherie Blair to join Renault board<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/barrister-and-ex-uk-first-lady-cherie-blair-to-join-renault-board-82785552/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Cherie Blair.jpg' border='0'/></a>Using her married, rather than professional name, Cherie Blair, wife of former UK prime minister Tony Blair, is joining the board of the French car-maker for a four-year term.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/barrister-and-ex-uk-first-lady-cherie-blair-to-join-renault-board-82785552/Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:03BigLaw partner harrassed by negligence lawyer<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/biglaw-partner-harrassed-by-negligence-lawyer-47563907/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/New13.jpg' border='0'/></a>The partner, now a white collar crime partner in a top New York law firm, was verbally abused by the lawyer, causing her much stress.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/biglaw-partner-harrassed-by-negligence-lawyer-47563907/Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:03London firms in 'do or die' warning over women<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/london-firms-in-do-or-die-warning-over-women-30112338/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/fem1.jpg' border='0'/></a>London law firms could struggle for their very survival and be 'overtaken' by professional competitors who have more senior females on board unless they even up their gender mix, according to a strategy report from Sharbek Associates.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/london-firms-in-do-or-die-warning-over-women-30112338/Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:03Pillsbury group defection to Winston & Strawn takes count to 11 partners<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/pillsbury-group-defection-to-winston--strawn-takes-count-to-11-partners-83577906/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/San11.jpg' border='0'/></a>After the initial defection of three partners, another eight more have joined the mass move - coming from New York, Washington DC and San Francisco - and there are expectations of other announcements coming through the pipeline.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/pillsbury-group-defection-to-winston--strawn-takes-count-to-11-partners-83577906/Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:03Deloitte sued for C$384m in document reviewer class action<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/deloitte-sued-for-c$384m-in-document-reviewer-class-action-36553876/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Tor12.jpg' border='0'/></a>Deloitte and a document review company it acquired a year ago are alleged to have saved millions of dollars by treating hundreds of document reviewers as contractors when they were, in reality, employees based in their offices.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/deloitte-sued-for-c$384m-in-document-reviewer-class-action-36553876/Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:03Law firms limp behind banks on pay to senior IT staff<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/law-firms-limp-behind-banks-on-pay-to-senior-it-staff-39801372/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/IT13.jpg' border='0'/></a>Senior IT staff in London law firms are typically earning &pound;68,000 a year - only 51% of the &pound;133,000 they could earn in banks - but beating the poorer salaries of &pound;51,000 offered in the public sector.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/law-firms-limp-behind-banks-on-pay-to-senior-it-staff-39801372/Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:03CC embarrassed by MP comments on bank report<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/cc-embarrassed-by-mp-comments-on-bank-report-57296137/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/rbs11.jpg' border='0'/></a>The value of a supposedly independent report by Clifford Chance into RBS, the leading UK bank, has been undermined by MPs who have described it as 'not independent, based on narrow terms of reference' and leaving 'a number of questions unanswered'.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/cc-embarrassed-by-mp-comments-on-bank-report-57296137/Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:03Norton Rose duo set up Dallas IP boutique to cut out high legacy costs<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/norton-rose-duo-set-up-dallas-ip-boutique-to-cut-out-high-legacy-costs-78019478/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Dal11.jpg' border='0'/></a>The founders of RetitzMauck are highlighting the way IP litigation costs have 'exploded' and how newer practices can operate on a much lower expenditure rate.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/norton-rose-duo-set-up-dallas-ip-boutique-to-cut-out-high-legacy-costs-78019478/Fri, 13 Mar 2015 06:03UK lawyers blamed for nuisance calls and text messages<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/uk-lawyers-blamed-for-nuisance-calls-and-text-messages-455863/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/nui1.jpg' border='0'/></a>Personal injury lawyers are part of the root cause of rising motor insurance premiums because their marketing techniques are helping push up the claims for whiplash injuries, according to Aviva, the UK's largest insurer.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/uk-lawyers-blamed-for-nuisance-calls-and-text-messages-455863/Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:03London Supreme Court in landmark divorce ruling<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/london-supreme-court-in-landmark-divorce-ruling-43367206/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Supreme Court (3).jpg' border='0'/></a>The Supreme Court in London has ruled in favour of Kathleen Wyatt in a landmark divorce case 20 years after the divorce.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/london-supreme-court-in-landmark-divorce-ruling-43367206/Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:03De Brauw Blackstone acts for Caldic<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/de-brauw-blackstone-acts-for-caldic-9179201/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Canadian flag1.jpg' border='0'/></a>The Dutch law firm advised on the acquisition of the Ingredient Company in Canada.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/de-brauw-blackstone-acts-for-caldic-9179201/Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:03Kasowitz Benson makes layoffs in response to volatile litigation markets<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/kasowitz-benson-makes-layoffs-in-response-to-volatile-litigation-markets-88699695/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/New York (9).jpg' border='0'/></a>The 350-lawyer New York-based litigation specialist firm is making a round of redundancies, said by one source to amount to as many as 40, in response to unpredictable demand.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/kasowitz-benson-makes-layoffs-in-response-to-volatile-litigation-markets-88699695/Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:03Hackers have breached most BigLaw barriers, says FBI<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/hackers-have-breached-most-biglaw-barriers-says-fbi-45604751/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/hacked (2).jpg' border='0'/></a>Virtually all of the top US law firms have been subject to data breaches, according to an unnamed FBI agent in discussion with a lawyer from Washington DC-based Steptoe & Johnson.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/hackers-have-breached-most-biglaw-barriers-says-fbi-45604751/Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:03Trusted paralegal pleads guilty to $600k embezzlement charges<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/trusted-paralegal-pleads-guilty-to-$600k-embezzlement-charges-86504970/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Fraud_cropped.jpg' border='0'/></a>Richard Owen - who is said to have used most of the money on his coin collection - could face a prison term of up to 50 years after embezzling funds relating to 41 clients in Georgia between 2007 and 2012.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/trusted-paralegal-pleads-guilty-to-$600k-embezzlement-charges-86504970/Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:03Freshfields goes radical - with plans to move 800 to Manchester hub<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/freshfields-goes-radical---with-plans-to-move-800-to-manchester-hub-88064712/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Manchester (2).jpg' border='0'/></a>Employees and partners in the London HQ office of Freshfields are said to be spooked by plans to move 1,000 jobs - then scaled back to 800 - to a support service base in lower cost Manchester.http://www.globallegalpost.com/big-stories/freshfields-goes-radical---with-plans-to-move-800-to-manchester-hub-88064712/Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:03Jones Day builds on bankruptcy success to open Detroit branch<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/jones-day-builds-on-bankruptcy-success-to-open-detroit-branch-99036011/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Detroit13.jpg' border='0'/></a>Jones Day is to launch its 17th US office when it opens its doors in the US motor capital - and is likely to be closely associated with the rebirth of the city which recently underwent bankruptcy proceedings under a former Jones Day partner.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/jones-day-builds-on-bankruptcy-success-to-open-detroit-branch-99036011/Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:03K&L Gates bags a luxury team<a href = 'http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/kl-gates-bags-a-luxury-team-29447749/'><img width='120px' align='left' alt='' src='http://www.globallegalpost.com/uploads/images/Boston12.jpg' border='0'/></a>K&L Gates has taken a six partner team from a competitor which includes expertise on the luxury sector.http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/kl-gates-bags-a-luxury-team-29447749/Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:03